Jesus was intensely radical and very normal.
He believed radical things – He was/is God the Son the only way to Heaven, a war rages between the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Satan, He had/has the power to forgive people of their sins, He is coming back to overturn all of creation. These are radical, radical beliefs.
Yet, Jesus was exceedingly normal. He was invited to parties. People wanted to hang out with Him. He did not talk in goofy religious language. Salt of the Earth people like fishermen saw Him as the kind of guy they could hang out with. He was called “a friend of sinners.” At the same time, He could carry Himself in a crowd of scholars. Contrary to pictures, He did not walk around with some kind of illuminated light. In fact, the prophet Isaiah said the Messiah would have “no stately form or majesty that we should look upon Him, nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.” (Isaiah 53:2) In other words you could sit next to Him in a bar and not think He looked like much!
Being radical did not make Jesus socially awkward. It did not make Him weird. It did not make Him talk with funny words. It did not make Him unapproachable or difficult to talk to. He was exceptionally normal.
I am fiercely radical in what I believe. I love Jesus and have surrendered the entirety of my life to Him. If He says it I believe it. I am dialed in, souled out, fired up, given over, and born again. Point a gun to my head and tell me to recant – you might as well pull the trigger. God is plenty capable of taking care of my family. I have been to seminary, know Greek and Hebrew, can defend the veracity of the Bible against any attack, can get into deep weeds on theology, share Jesus regularly, and often travel the world doing mission work.
However, two of the greatest compliments I am given are, “I would never have guessed you are a Pastor,” and “I can’t believe how normal you are.” I love it. I got my Master’s Degree in hanging out from West Springfield High School with Bill, Brian, Roger, Yian, Wheez, and Dres. I got my Doctorate in exceptional normalcy from Virginia Tech and all the boys of Theta Chi – T, Waldo, Beep, Callaghan, Winn, Daniel, Schooley, T. Ralph Wear, and many, many others.
Being radical does not have to make you socially awkward.
Everyone – those who walk with Jesus feeling like they have to fit some mold and those who do not walk with Jesus who believe in the caricatures of Christians – reject the stereotypes! Look to Jesus Himself. Let Jesus teach you how to dig your heels in deeper and relax at the same time. It is possible!
Be fiercely radical, exceptionally normal, and completely full.
Trexo exists to equip disciples of Jesus to make disciples of others leading them to be radically normal. For more information or to schedule a consultation, email Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org.